As soon as the news broke, several Hollywood celebrities including former ‘Glee’ co-stars, musicians, television stars and friends took to social media to share their grief about Naya’s passing.
‘Glee’ co-stars Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and Alex Newell paid tribute to the talented actress and singer in emotional social media posts.
Colfer said in an Instagram post, “Her beauty and talent were otherworldly.”
Lynch tweeted “Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.”
Rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family.
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) 1594661000000
“We are confident the body we found is that of Naya Rivera,” Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference on the shore of the lake.
Rivera, 33, was presumed drowned after going missing on Wednesday. She had rented a boat on Lake Piru with her four-year-old son, Josey, who was found unharmed.
Her body was recovered near the surface of the water in an area where the boat had gone missing that was 35 to 60 feet deep (11-18 m) and with heavy brush and trees underwater, Ayub said.
Rivera’s son, Josey was wearing a life vest when he was found, however, a second life vest for an adult was found onboard the boat.
Tributes poured in from actresses Lea Michelle, Viola Davis, Ashley Benson, and musicians including Adam Lambert, Bebe Rexha, NeYo and many others.
Scroll below to see all they had to say:
It feels strange to cry and mourn the loss of someone you never knew. But I grew up watching Glee- and Naya Rivera… https://t.co/SJLaYaKRrd
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) 1594680224000
RIP Naya. https://t.co/RG0T4NQYO2
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) 1594686133000
Naya Rivera’s passing is really heartbreaking. My prayers go out to her friends, family, and son. She was so young… https://t.co/LF2Fm1N0K8
— TATIANNA (@TATIANNANOW) 1594672835000
We’re gonna miss you too Naya. Rest in peace. https://t.co/iWCfhUWtOZ
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) 1594675718000
This is absolutely heartbreaking. Sending love and holding space for her son and loved ones. https://t.co/7RkKnj4xU7
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) 1594675446000
RIP sweet naya
— Ashley Benson (@AshBenzo) 1594673855000
My Naya, my Snixxx, my Bee. I legitimately can not imagine this world without you. https://t.co/qX9t1Uhx01
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) 1594686927000
Prayers for Naya Rivera’s family. Man….can we have a “Do Over ” of 2020. The loss is too much https://t.co/63iNdRikv5
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) 1594678606000
This is an absolute nightmare. I had the pleasure of having dinner with her once after a recording session we did t… https://t.co/1Hmu4IWZC0
— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) 1594675369000
I had the opportunity to work with the one and only #nayarivera. So much talent. Deeply saddened and touched. Pleas… https://t.co/m96fD3UScX
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) 1594674636000
naya rivera. didn’t realize the impact u had on my life growing up, being the first poc, lgbtq character i saw on s… https://t.co/1EMv6MMM8Q
— Bryana Salaz (@bryanasalaz) 1594676410000
Naya Rivera was such an exceptional talent. Any time she was on screen, you were drawn to her. She was magnetic. Na… https://t.co/Xe9fwQistu
— Avery Thompson (@avery__thompson) 1594675219000
2020 gets worse by the day. RIP Naya Rivera.
— Amber Davies (@Amber_Davies7) 1594674331000
Now more than ever we must lift her family and friends up especially Josey! My heart is sent to them… Josey you… https://t.co/2PW6DOf7EX
— Alex Newell (@thealexnewell) 1594676138000
Rivera’s body has reportedly been taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy and formal identification by dental records.
“There is no indication this was foul play and no indication this was a suicide,” Ayub said.
Rivera’s son, discovered alone and sleeping, told authorities he and his mother had both gone swimming in the lake, a recreational reservoir about 80.47 kms north of downtown Los Angeles.
Ayub said it was not clear what happened but that Rivera’s son had told investigators his mother pushed him back into the boat but did not get back in herself.